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Top 3 Ways to Become a Better Gardener

John from www.growingyourgreens.com goes on a field trip to the 18th and Rhode Island permaculture garden to share with you the 3 top ways to become a better gardener. In this video you will learn John’s strategy on how he became so knowledgeable about gardening and growing food. After watching this video you will have the knowledge you need to be the best gardener you can be.

Gardening: Vegetables Made in the Shade

This is the VOA Special English Agriculture Report from voaspecialenglish.com | http Not all vegetables need lots of sunshine. Mark Hoffman and his wife, Guia, own a bed-and-breakfast guesthouse in rural Kempton, Illinois. The Hoffmans have also been growing food and flowers for twenty-five years. For almost ten of those years, Mr. Hoffman has been working with shade plantings. He says visitors to his website — greenhousebed.com — often ask how to plant in shade spaces. “The bottom line here is that most plants will produce more in full sun. But if you do not have full sun, there are other options.” For example, he grows tomatoes near oak trees. Oak trees can produce a lot of shade. But Mr. Hoffman says his tomato plants grow as long as they get five hours a day of direct sunshine, especially morning sun. Not only does this go against the traditional advice that tomatoes need six, eight, even twelve hours a day of full sun. It also shows how plants and tree roots can share nutrients and water. Mr. Hoffman also planted asparagus around a tree at its drip line, the area below the outer limit of the branches. Rain drips down right on the asparagus. He says the asparagus “has been there for six years now and is doing wonderfully.” The Hoffmans’ website includes a list of vegetables, flowers and herbs that have produced acceptably for them in partial shade. Besides tomatoes and asparagus, these include broccoli, daylilies, horseradish, Irish potatoes, oregano and winter

In the Garden: Growing Your Own Lettuce

This is the VOA Special English Agriculture Report from voaspecialenglish.com | http Many people have lettuce in a salad at the beginning of a meal. The ancient Egyptians and Romans had it at the end. Either way, gardening experts say lettuce is one of the easiest vegetables to grow in a garden.There are hundreds of kinds of head and leaf lettuces besides the most popular choices, like iceberg, Boston, bibb and romaine. The best time to plant the seeds is during cool weather. Gardening advisers at the University of Illinois Extension say the best planting temperature is fifteen degrees Celsius. You can use a seed tray to start the seeds indoors. The container should be deep enough to hold at least three centimeters of soil. Leave about one centimeter of space between the soil and the top of the container. The container should have holes in the bottom so extra water can flow out. Cover the seeds lightly with soil. If the soil is not already a little wet, give it some water, but not too much. Too much water could drown the seeds. Next, cover the seed tray with paper. Remove the paper when the seedlings are tall enough to touch it. You can transplant the seedlings into the garden when they are about two to three centimeters tall. Do this when the weather is not too hot and not too cold. Take out as much of the soil as you can with the seedlings. Plant them in the ground in a hole that is bigger than the lettuce roots. Keep the plants watered, but not too heavily. Planting

Time Lapse of Plants Growing

Time lapse of some bush beans growing from seeds. The video was shot over a 24 hour period using a Canon GL2 video camera, and sped up 3000x.

Growing Food and Teaching How to Garden in the Las Vegas Desert

John from www.growingyourgreens.com goes on a field trip to Cowboy Trail Farm to learn about this new resource in the Las Vegas area for Gardeners and people who want to eat healthier. In this epsiode you will learn about how you can sucessfully grow in a hoop house in the desert, about sunken beds, aquaponics, and even how to grow a papaya tree in Las Vegas.

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